Re: [Fwd: NDPR David Shoemaker, Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction]

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:04:37 +1100

2009/2/24 Brent Meeker <>:

> I tend to agree with Quentin that memories are an essential component of
> personal identity. But that also raises a problem with ideas like
> "observer moments" and "continuity". Almost all my memories are not
> being remembered at an given time. Some I may not recall for years at a
> time. I may significant periods of time in which I am not consciously
> recalling any memories. So then how can memories and continuity be
> essential? I practice we rely on continuity of the body and then ask,
> "Does this body have (some) appropriate memories?"

The continuity is contingent on having access to the relevant memories
as required. If you are listening to a recording the parts where the
music plays must be from that particular recording, but the silent
parts could as easily be from any other recording. In the same way, if
you are staring at a blank wall thinking of nothing for a moment, then
during that moment you might be a generic human having such a similar

Stathis Papaioannou
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